Archive for July 2016

In Solidarity With Kashmir and Kashmiris

Jul 29th, 2016 | By

We the undersigned, in United Kingdom and internationally are deeply concerned about the armed violence perpetrated by the Indian state through its 700,000 strong army on civilians in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir since the 8th of July 2016. More than 47 people have been killed on the pretext of crowd control since then. More



Indian authorities re-impose curfew in Kashmir’s main city

Jul 29th, 2016 | By

Authorities have re-imposed curfew in the main city of Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir to prevent a protest march to the main mosque called by separatist leaders before Friday afternoon prayers. Residents say government forces visited homes in Srinagar before dawn and asked them to stay indoors. One resident, Bashir Ahmed, says police didn’t allow bakers



Repealing AFSPA Only won’t Make Much Difference in Kashmir

Jul 27th, 2016 | By

By Ishaal Zehra While it’s been four years that the United Nations has asked India to repeal the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, the Indian Army has continued with its horrendous practice of killing innocent, un-armed Kashmiris taking the death toll to 64 in a recent strife that hit the valley of Kashmir after



Kashmir Case: A Story of Letters and Telegrams

Jul 27th, 2016 | By

Kashmir Case: A Story of Letters and Telegrams By Sohail Parwaz The miseries and sacrifices of Kashmiris have different angles. It has been covered by the writers, researchers and the historians in different ways. Thousands of books and papers have been written about the gruesome tales. Amongst them few have taken pain to cover and



UN asks India to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act

Jul 27th, 2016 | By

The United Nations has asked India to repeal the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, saying it had no role to play in a democracy. This comes amid clamour for withdrawal of AFSPA from Kashmir. A United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur today urged India to repeal the controversial law that gives its military special powers



Kashmir Has Its Own Identity

Jul 27th, 2016 | By

Kashmir Has Its Own Identity To the Editor: The headline from your July 22 editorial, “Kashmir in Crisis” could not sum up the situation in Kashmir better. You noted that “The unrest is a major setback for peace in the long-troubled region claimed by both India and Pakistan.” We would like to stress that the



Curfew, restrictions continue in Kashmir

Jul 26th, 2016 | By

Authorities continued curfew and restrictions on Tuesday in the Kashmir Valley. “Curfew shall continue without any relaxation in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts while restrictions will remain in force in parts of Srinagar, Sopore and Kupwara,” a senior police official told IANS. An unruly mob on Monday torched an irrigation department office in Anantnag



Kashmir, and the Inheritance of Loss

Jul 26th, 2016 | By

By Basharat Peer SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On July 8, Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old rebel, was shot dead by Indian soldiers and police officers in a small village in the central part of Indian-controlled Kashmir. News of his killing spread as fast as the bullets that had hit him. Cellphones, emails, social media went wild: “They’ve



A brutal majoritarianism in Kashmir and elsewhere

Jul 26th, 2016 | By

The upsurge of anti-Kashmiri hatred in India reveal that the impulse to identify, ostracize and eliminate various supposed enemies is increasingly licensed everywhere by popular sentiment. The Muslim-majority valley of Kashmir has been under curfew since 8 July, when Indian security forces killed a popular young separatist named Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Since then, security forces



Death and freedom: For peace in the land of Kashmir, we must have genuine empathy with its people

Jul 26th, 2016 | By

By TM Krishna If we pride ourselves on our diversity, we need to accept that there are some who question the idea of our nation. Maut is an Urdu word of Arabic origin meaning death. But the moment I enunciate it with the little acoustic twirl around the “au”, I can feel myself in a